Dance energetically when you are at the historical and contemporary jazz venues in Washington DC. Saxophonist Lester Young is thought to have popularized the use of “cool” to refer to jazz, which brought birth to this now frequently used descriptor. Indeed, jazz is cool to listen to. If you love to explore DC’s myriad music options, then jazz must be in your wish list. Discover how cool it is by visiting any of these venues when on private tours Washington DC.
The Hamilton Live
During the annual DC Jazz Festival, this venue turns into a mecca of jazz. Big brass bands, genre trendsetters and Grammy Award winners all come here and create an unforgettable experience for the audience. This venue, housed below the Hamilton Restaurant, is popular for hosting various artists who play music of an array of genres, including funk and country.
The Lincoln Theater was at the heart of African-American culture before the Harlem Renaissance. At that time, this venue staged performances by Eleanora Fagan, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald. Today, it hosts nationally acclaimed artists who play music of various genres.
At this place, you get to enjoy conventional jazz as well as try an international menu that features Ethiopian and Caribbean food. When at this club, you will want to bring somebody to snuggle down with. The dining room of it usually seats up to 65 music lovers.
This was one of the favorite venues of dignitaries such as American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is hard to believe that such a venue was closed for over thirty years before opening again in 2012. Nowadays, you will see hip crowds present here to enjoy an eclectic range of performers, including R&B singers, jam bands, pop and blues performers. On the first Sunday of each month, it hosts a gospel brunch where soul food is served.
The oldest continually running jazz supper club in the US, Blues Alley is a laid-back haven that stays open until late night. On all days, there is an ambience similar to the early Jazz Age here. The experience will take you all the way back to the 1930’s. There is always someone you will wish to hear and something to see in this 18th-century carriage house turned jazz nightclub.